Three animal-friendly ways to enjoy Coffs Harbour

12 April 2017

Don’t fuel the demand for animal cruelty at Dolphin Marine Magic. If you’re looking for other things to do in Coffs Harbour, try these local attractions instead.

There’s no magic in the cruelty of keeping captive dolphins for entertainment at Dolphin Marine Magic. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy your time in Coffs Harbour without fueling the demand for animal exploitation – whether you want to see dolphins or other animals in the wild, or just have a fun day out.

See the real magic

Watching dolphins perform unnatural tricks in tiny pools cannot compare to the exhilarating experience of spotting them in their natural environment, chasing fish or zipping through the waves in large pods.

There are a number of local dolphin and whale watching tours that let you see these beautiful animals in their natural environment in the waters of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Watch out for the bottlenose dolphin – the most common type to see around the Coffs Coast. If you’re visiting between June and November, you might even be lucky enough to see humpback whales playing and breaching as they make their annual migration.

Discover more of nature

Coffs Harbour is surrounded by national parks where you can camp, canoe or bushwalk, and even spot some native animals.

The Crystal Shower Falls walk in Dorrigo National Park, just an hour from Coffs Harbour, is a short and gentle path through the rainforest. Cross the suspension bridge to a short side track that leads you into a rocky cavern for a spectacular view from behind the falls.

The park is also home to many different native animals. Reptiles in particular love to take refuge in the dense forest. If you’re very quiet, you may just spot a southern angle-headed dragon clinging to a tree trunk on the Wonga Walk. And sometimes a red-necked pademelon emerges to graze on the lawn outside the Rainforest Centre.

In nearby Bongil Bongil National Park you might see koalas sleeping in the treetops or munching on leaves – it is home to one of the largest populations in NSW. 

Just plain old fun, without the cruelty

If you’re just after a fun activity for the day, the Big Banana is a longstanding favourite of car trips up the NSW coast. It’s more than just the giant yellow banana you see from the road, with a water park, giant slide, ice skating rink, laser tag arena, toboggan track and mini golf course inside – all set amongst the banana plantations.

End the illusion

By choosing cruelty-free activities in Coffs Harbour, you’re helping to end the demand for venues like Dolphin Marine Magic that exploit animals for profit in the name of entertainment.

"There are plenty of ways to enjoy your time in Coffs Harbour without fueling the demand for animal exploitation."
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